For their latest project, Will, Swedish furniture designers Lith Lith Lundin explored wood’s tendency to bend and shrink when it dries, and utilised it in the design and creation of a new chair.
Although framing a construction via the shrinkage of wood is not a new technique, Lith Lith Lundin have refined the method, and applied it on a more contemporary form.The designers work with green woodworking techniques, “where the fresh wood parts shrink around the dry tenon to join the construction, and create a simple frame in which nature is free to express itself and its desires”. In order to enable the wood’s own will to change shape, it is dried after the chair has been assembled as opposed to before, as is the norm. Furthermore, rather than drying the wood slowly, which avoids any changes in shape, the designers dry it rapidly and unevenly in a special wood dryer they built themselves.
The result is an aesthetically-appealing, contemporary chair that is individual in its own way thanks to its clean curved lines and ‘textured’ finish. “Depending on where the tree has grown and what it has been exposed to, it will act differently when dried,” the designers explain. “Because of this, every chair is unique in appearance, even if they were all produced in the exact same way.”
Photos by Alexander Mahmoud and Lith Lith Lundin